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How-to: Dip

» by February 21st, 2008 at 12:37 am » Comments (21)

The dip is a staple of many a strength or bodybuilding programme and there are many ways to perform it. A classic bodyweight exercise, it is a good place to start to develop functional strength with no equipment needed. What is the dip? The dip is an upper body strength exercise where you lower and […]



Types of weight training

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:40 am » Comments (6)

This is the second article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Most commercial gyms have a combination of free weights and resistance machines. This guide deals with free […]



Ring training: getting started

» by January 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm » Comments (22)

You don’t have to be able to do muscle-ups and front levers to benefit from training with rings. They make even old favourites like push-ups and dips more challenging because you have to work to stabilise them. You’ll probably be surprised at how much more difficult an exercise can be on the rings – I […]



How-to: Handstand push-up

» by January 10th, 2008 at 12:04 pm » Comments (17)

One of the most badass exercises you can do in the gym, the handstand push-up is a humbling experience when you first try it. But persevere and you will develop excellent upper body strength.  What is the handstand push-up? A handstand push-up is performed against a wall in the handstand position. You slowly lower your […]



Bodyweight or bust!

» by December 2nd, 2007 at 6:51 pm » Comments (23)

There is a wide range of strength exercises you can do using only your own bodyweight and whatever walls, railings, stairs you have to hand.



How to be hard as nails

» by November 22nd, 2007 at 12:47 am » Comments (17)

Ten ways to be the toughest girl or guy in town: 1. Train outdoors in all weathers. Rain, wind, snow, hail. Train when other people just stay in bed. 2. Add a ‘finisher’ to your workouts. Train your socks off, until you are lying on the floor, literally unable to do anything more. Then do […]



Pull-ups – example of good form

» by November 6th, 2007 at 5:34 pm » Comments (0)


Fun with press-ups!

» by November 5th, 2007 at 6:37 pm » Comments (15)

Watch the press-ups video clip on youtube! The press-up (or push-up) is one of the most versatile exercises out there. A lot of people are put off them because they think they are boring or they associate them with army seargants shouting in your ear. But the simple press-up deserves another look. Abs/core exercise Press-ups are […]



Best exercises for core

» by November 1st, 2007 at 11:58 am » Comments (4)

I have abs of steel but I am a sit-up free zone. I don’t think sit-ups are useless, but I do think there are better exercises out there so I don’t bother with sit-ups in my own workouts. So what are these better exercises? Well, anything that involves working to maintain your balance is brilliant […]



How to do pull-ups

» by October 31st, 2007 at 10:56 pm » Comments (1)

There is absolutely no reason why you, dear reader, can’t train to do a pull-up. It’s not easy, but it is achievable. Men are usually slightly better equipped for pull-ups as they naturally have more muscle mass and upper body strength but most of them find pull-ups one of the toughest exercises as well. Although […]